Saturday Recipe for 11-20-10

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Not everyone likes pumpkin in a pie for Thanksgiving, so how about some pumpkin pie squares?  The dessert is baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan and has all the yummy flavors of pumpkin pie without having to make a traditional crust.  Instead, the crust consists of flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter pressed into the pan and topped with a pumpkin pie filling and pecan topping. 


1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons butter
Whipped cream for serving (optional)

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, oatmeal, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, and the stick of butter until crumbly.  Press into an ungreased 9-by-134-inch pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on wire rack.
2.  In a mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, granulated sugar, salt, and spices; blend well.  Pour into baked crust and bake for 20 minutes.
3.  Combine pecans, the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 Tablespoons butter; sprinkle over pumpkin filling.  Return to oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool in pan on wire rack, then refrigerate until ready to serve.  Cut into 24 squares and serve with whipped cream, if desired. 


2 Responses to Saturday Recipe for 11-20-10

  1. November 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Thanks for the recipe! We have 3 people. I’m making a pecan pie and a layer cake and was debating on whether I should make the pumpkin pie. Squares would be nice because they’re portable and people can just throw them in their to-go boxes (and by “people”, I mean my mom!).

  2. November 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Anna- I have had that recipe forever! We have always liked it. And it is easier than a wedge of pie to pack up and store in containers. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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